The Truth About Hors D'oeuvres

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are hors d'oeuvres necessary?
    You MUST have hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour : (89 votes)
    86 %
    Not needed : (15 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    9718 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Our venue required is to have food if we were serving alcohol. And it made total sense to me. You don’t want to start serving alcohol without food.

    Post # 3
    1356 posts
    Bumble bee

    My rule is that you never serve alcohol without food.  It doesnt have to be elaborate.

    Post # 4
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee

    thatgirlelle :  Definitely have food. What if you’re late and cocktail hour ends up running longer than expected? Better be safe.

    Post # 5
    11616 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    It’s kind of a must. You don’t want empty stomaches drinking. 

    Post # 6
    4566 posts
    Honey bee

    Don’t serve booze without food, even if it is just veggie and fruit trays with some cheese and crackers.

    Post # 7
    5038 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I agree with PP’s above.  You don’t want your guests getting plastered before they have even sat down for dinner.  

    Post # 8
    9580 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    i said not needed, but I hadn’t read it right.  I thought it was whether or not a cocktail hour (with hors d’ouvre) was needed.  So I sid no: because of course you can go straight from ceremony to reception.

    But yeah, if you’re serving alcohol during a 45 min cocktail hour then there has to be something to soak that up.  You can keep it simple: get a cheese platter from costco and some nice crackers.. but people need to have something to coat their stomachs.

    Post # 10
    24 posts

    I don’t think you need passed hors d’ouvres for a cocktail “hour” that short, but you should have some food.  Cheese plates, fruit, and crudites would all be good choices.

    Post # 11
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I’m in the minority here, but I don’t think they’re needed. People will probably use the restroom and get a drink. By the time they sit down they’ll only have 20 to 30 mins to kill. If you just have a few bowls of peanuts or something on the table to snack on I think that’d be fine. My family aren’t big drinkers, so they would probably only consume 1 drink in that time period. Which isn’t really enough to get drunk on. You’ll know your crowd better though. If you think they’ll drink heavily for the half hour or so, then I’d do appetizers.

    Post # 12
    7435 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m a fan of having some kind of food available when there is an open bar. That being said, I don’t think you need passed hors d’oeuvres but I would definitely have fruit/veggie and maybe cheese/cracker trays.

    Post # 13
    2928 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Your ceremony at 6pm is already at mealtime.  And most people wouldn’t have eaten since way earlier (taking the time to get ready then go to the wedding) so they’re going to be hungry once the ceremony is over.  I think they’re necessary.  Our ceremony was earlier and people ate up all our hors d’ouvers.

    Post # 14
    3450 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    If you have alcohol I think some sort of nibble food is wise. My sister was champagne tipsy before the ceremony, uncle hit the bar twice before they even set all the cocktail hour food out. Thankfully they both had access to the bridal suite spread otherwise I doubt Maid/Matron of Honor would have made it up the stairs or down the aisle without assistance. 😅 But as pp mentioned you know your guests best.

    Post # 15
    1846 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I won’t drink until I at least have a cracker or something.  Personal policy.  I second the cheese tray.

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